This is Kelly, she blogs over at My Little Adventures about her travels with her two kids and shares her tips on how to make your adventures a little less stressful. Of course there’s not a day in the week when she is not thinking about, planning, booking or researching travel. She loves nothing more than exploring Australia and the world with her family. It has its ups and downs but she just cant imagine life without their adventures. When I asked her to think of the things she loves the most, she said that family and travel pop into her head straight away, so with that in mind, she wanted to share with us her top 5 favourite family holiday destinations in Australia.
I organised a surprise trip for my family to Magnetic Island last year and ever since we got back I’ve been thinking of ways to get back there. It’s such a cruisey, relaxed place that it’s impossible not to slow down.
Stunning secluded beaches and lush national park make up the picturesque island that is untouched by the hustle and bustle of the mainland. My family especially enjoyed the relaxing ferry trip across from Townsville, visiting the Koala Park and kayaking at Horseshoe bay.
MANLY BEACH, SYDNEY
Sydney holds a special place in my heart and we often spend time in Manly to catch up with family. Whats not to love about Manly? It really is the best of both worlds: the harbour on one side where the city is just a ferry ride away and the ocean beach with crashing waves on the other. Even though there is always something going on, I love that it still has a chilled out vibe.
Long days at the beach, messy gelato faces and an abundance of water view dining sums up what Manly is all about.
Cairns is made for kids! With the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, it makes for an under water adventure your family will never forget. We took a Quicksilver cruise out to their floating pontoon and it was such a great day out.
Kids of all ages will love riding on the Steam train to Kuranda and then catching the gondola back down the mountain. Hartleys Crocodile farm is a favourite with my kids and the Cairns Night Zoo was a great way to see the animals after dark.
Whilst you can’t swim in the ocean (unless you’d like to be croc bait!) if you want to cool off there is a beautiful purpose built lagoon on the waterfront that is safe from the local wildlife.
Whilst Margaret River is best known for its wine, it’s a surprisingly kid friendly destination. There is plenty for the kids to do from exploring the caves to surfing the beautiful sandy beaches.
If you are a wine lover like me, you are in luck! The majority of wineries have awesome playgrounds for the kids to play at while you take in the view and sample some of the local wine.We took it in turns to drive and the kids were more than happy to check out the play equipment.
I think Darwin is my all time fav family getaway destination. Maybe it’s the magical sunsets or the predictable weather… did I mention the sunsets? Spectacular!
Darwin is croc central and if your kids are anything like mine then they’ll enjoy hanging out with these prehistoric predators. The best place to see the Crocs up close is Crocasaurus Cove where your little ones can hold a baby croc if they’re game.
I like to be close to the action so we have stayed down at the Waterfront a couple of times. We had a blast at the wave pool and lagoon plus there are loads of dining options in the area.
Thanks for a fabulous list of favourites Kelly. Don’t forget to say hello to Kelly and her kids at My Little Adventures when you have the time. Everyone that reads this blog regularly knows that I love travel and that I don’t find that kids limit our adventures int he slightest. In fact I am super excited to be flying off to Cairns for a week with my girls tomorrow morning. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed to see what we get up to!
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Do you have a favourite Australian travel destination?